Article Title:Goff requires "fresh evidence" for Ellis pardon
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:10th June 2003 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:1882
Text:Justice Minister Phil Goff has not been swayed by growing calls for a top-level inquiry into the Peter Ellis convictions, stating yesterday that "fresh evidence" is required to prove a miscarriage of justice. Goff says he has an open mind on the case, but is mindful of the fact that Ellis was convicted by a jury, and has already had two appeals considered and rejected. MPs from across the political spectrum have already signed a petition organised by National MPs Katherine Rich and Don Brash calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry, including United Future leader Peter Dunne, Green Party co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimmons and Rod Donald, and ACT MPs Rodney Hide and Stephen Franks. Several Labour MPs are waiting for permission from the Labour caucus whip, David Benson-Pope, before they can sign the petition, permission which Benson-Pope has already stated is unlikely to be granted on the grounds that he "wouldn't be expecting members of the Labour caucus to be supporting it".    
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